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Balancing work life and real can be a challenge today. A lot of people seem to feel overwhelmed with work; from working too much to being under-appreciated, and everything in between.

It's hard to remember that you shouldn't just be working for a paycheck. Your work should be something meaningful, or at the very least, something you enjoy. You should feel respected and valued. It doesn't matter if you're working at McDonald's or the Vice President of a large corporation; respect should always be given.

In the trucking industry, most people work long and tedious hours. Everyone from the dispatchers and bookkeepers to the drivers and dock workers know that the 40 hour work week is a myth in the trucking industry. So if you're going to be p...

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Back in June I wrote a blog about how to overcome failure (You can read it here: www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/turning-lemons-into-gold). Since then, I have seen a lot of people talk about how failure is a good thing. Several celebrities and self made millionaires have been posting blogs and using social media to talk about how they love failure and that they seek out failure. It really comes across as pandering and disingenuous. When you see posts like that you feel like “Of course they can fail, they are rich, they can afford it”. While that is true, failure can also work for you as long as you embrace it and you don’t fear it. You truly can turn failure into something positive. So what does it mean to embrace...

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For most people, they just assume they'll get the holidays off to spend time with their family. For truckers, they have to make the deliveries as the shippers require. If you're an OTR trucker, your schedule is at the mercy of other people.
That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your holidays. Here are some tips to help make the holidays and working through them a little more bearable.

  • Schedule days with your family when you ARE home. If you celebrate Christmas but you won't be home until December 26th, see if your family members will celebrate with you. It's not ideal, but it's better than not spending quality time with the people you love.
  • Spread cheer. It sounds silly, but being kind WILL make you feel better. From the cashiers at the gas station to the dock managers, everyone else is stuck working, too. Buy some candy canes and pass them out to the people you encounter. You'll be surprised by how much small gestures like that can mean to people.
  • We wrote a blog about this; stay connected. Take advantage of technology. From Skype to FaceTime, Marco Polo to WhatsApp... there are a ton of free video and messaging services that make staying connected a lot of fun. Read more about the ways you can stay connected here: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/technology-keeping-you-connected
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Spreading holiday cheer!

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As an OTR driver, or even a city driver that works long hours, it can be hard to stay connected with your family. Luckily, there are a ton of free apps that will make sure you can stay connected to your loved ones and not miss out on all of the important moments. If you have Apple products, you can use FaceTime to video chat with your friends and family. There is also a Skype app that is great because you can use the group feature and talk to multiple people at once (from your computer). We also like Marco Polo, which is a video messaging app, and it's free to use and will work whether or not you're connected to WiFi (but it will use your data if you're not on WiFi, which is the case for most apps). WhatsApp and Viber are also great text...

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Did you know that over 40% of OTR drivers have pets that ride with them?
There are quite a few benefits to having a dog or a cat with you on long trips, but the most important benefit is that you're more likely to stay alert because you have another living being that you're responsible for.
Drivers have said that they also feel more secure with a pet in the cab because they'll act as an alarm system for the driver.
Having a truck pet is also a way to feel connected and not so lonely on long drives, which helps relieve stress.

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OTR companions are great for so many reasons! Global Transport Inc. wholeheartedly supports having truck pets!

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It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, you're impartial to politics in general, or you're somewhere else on the line; there is a divisiveness in this country that is almost palpable. We see it a lot in the trucking industry, but we also see it all over TV, social media, and newspapers (for the few of us that still read newspapers). There is a racial divide, a political divide, a religious divide, and a gender divide. At what point do we, collectively as a society, decide that we've had enough? When do we embrace our neighbors and say "I accept you for who you are"? When do we stop letting the media control who we interact with? When do we stop posting and re-tweeting with knee-jerk reactions and stop to thin...

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